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Keep these tips in mind as you start your research -
In the Library of Congress classification system, United States history is in E515-E909. U.S. local history is in F1-975. For example:
E186-E199 covers the Colonial Period.
F266-F280 is where you will find South Carolina history.
More information on the LC Classification system can be found at the Library of Congress website.
Try searching your topic, and simply adding “united states" and history to your search.
sports "united states" history
“foreign policy” "united states" history
architecture "united states" history
Subjects are controlled headings, and are more specific than keywords. Specify a subject search by putting “su:” in front of your terms.
su: “united states” history
su: “american civil war”
su: women in literature
su: clinton, bill
These kinds of keyword and subject searches are VERY broad! Don't forget to use the filters on the left in the online catalog to narrow your results!
- We do have some tutorials on searching the catalog. Check them out here. -